I don't have a company and lately I've been trying to figure out ways where I can be my own client.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
I grew up in the Canadian prairies and actually spent the first few months of my life in an incubator.
You have to have a lot of imagination living in an incubator ‘cause the chickens get boring real quick. The imagination I had as a child is my most valued possession.
What do you do for inspiration?
Well it always varies. There is never just one source for inspiration because the same thing simply cannot inspire you in the same way each time you visit it, whatever it may be.
I think the more you “change” your experience, the more life will inspire you. Maybe tomorrow I’ll wear my clothes on inside out.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
My buddy geoff and I tamed a pigeon in Boston. His name is Melanie
What software couldn't you live without?
I would marry Photoshop if it were possible.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
There are a lot of maybes in the future. I’m waiting for funding for a bunch of projects so I don’t want to say a lot about them just in case they get jinxed.
Let’s just say there will be antique toy ballerinas and bleeding heart doves involved.
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
What effect on traffic do your new designs have?
Ah I’m sure it’s the same with any site. When something new goes up, more people come and visit your site. The same goes for my site.
Who is your target audience?
I think I target people who are looking for more than just a pretty picture. There are many layers to my work so I appreciate people who are willing to take some time to really explore.
I guess I would say that Bruce Willis is my target audience.
What area of web design lacks the most?
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
Yeah it’s still online. I made it about 5 years ago using Director.
Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?
I have a bunch of hand-made books but no, I haven’t written any books. I don’t plan on writing any myself but I am working on some with a couple of very talented writer friends of mine. I like to leave the writing up to them.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?
The toughest project I ever made with Flash was a net art piece that I worked on for about a year in my spare time.
I was just learning Flash and got in way over my head with trying to learn actionscripting. I wanted to kill Flash.
In the end it never was finished and I deleted all the files so I wouldn’t pick at it anymore and just started something new. I tried a more simple approach using only the basics of Flash and that’s when I started making The Fragile Circus.
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
In an age where everything seems so fleeting, I’m not sure anything is really here to stay.
What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?
I know for a fact that you can get into the field without educational experience.
I think you just have to be really self-driven to learn on your own. Really, in the end, no one is going to care whether or not you got an A or an F on something. They just want to see your work and what you are capable of.
When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?
I don’t have a company and lately I’ve been trying to figure out ways where I can be my own client.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
I first learned the basics of Flash by reading the Visual Quickstart textbook. It’s great and really dumbs Flash down for you.
Then to start learning more advanced Flash I broke open a ton of open source files. Basically, Flash is just like anything else.
The more you use it, the better you get at it. The best thing to do is just make projects for yourself. You’ll be surprised at how much better you get with each project you create.
What is the most expensive thing you've bought in the last week?
Wolf Parade 12” EP for $6
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
If it’s comfortable and I think it looks good, I’ll wear it. But no, I don’t like to freely advertise for clothing companies.
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Don’t ever be bored.
It's been a privilege, Myron, thanks very much.
No, thank you!